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Ordinance making Baguio Gong Festival an annual event approved on first reading

Updated: Nov 2, 2022

Baguio City, Philippines – Baguio City Council approved on first reading on Monday, October 24, the ordinance seeking the institutionalization of Baguio Gong Festival as a regular activity every October 29 of each year.

In a press release, the City Public Information Office informed the proposed ordinance seeks to preserve, share, and protect the Cordilleran cultural heritage as well as to encourage a deep, continuing appreciation and respect of indigenous culture.

It is hoped that it shall likewise build solid arts and cultural institutions.

‘Baguio Gong Festival is a community cultural festival in celebration of Indigenous People's Month. It is a celebration to nurture, restore, and strengthen our indigenous knowledge. It is an annual initiative to enhance unity amidst diversity of culture,’ states the CPIO-Baguio.

Under the ordinance introduced by Councilor Lilia A. Fariñas, the festival shall be appropriated with the necessary amount of fund for it to be celebrated in a grand manner that it deserves. The fund shall be included in the city government’s annual budget, in consultation with the City Administrator’s Office – Tourism and Special Events Division.

In case of the ordinance’s approval, a Technical Working Group shall be created for the Baguio City Gong Festival. It shall be composed of the City mayor as Chairperson with the Chairman of the City council Committee on Tourism, Special Events, Parks and Playgrounds as co-chairperson while the City Administrator’s Office – Tourism and Special Events Division will serve as Secretariat and Action officer. The members of the group will be the Chairperson of the Committee on Education, Culture, Creativity and Historical Research; the Baguio Tourism Council; indigenous peoples’ groups, and other members or groups, as may be decided by the TWG.

“The Baguio Gong festival activities shall include, but will not be limited to, the celebration of the Baguio Gong Day vis-à-vis the National Indigenous Peoples’ Thanksgiving Day, cultural outreach workshops, indigenous and cultural arts exhibits, film showings, showcasing cultural dances and featuring Cordillera indigenous games,” added the office.

Now in its 10th year, the festival was celebrated on Saturday, October 29, at the Porta Vaga in said city.

During the event, basic cultural protocols such as the proper use of cultural attires were explained.


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